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Whole Lot of Unions Joining NYC Wall Street Occupation

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The hundreds of hardcore Occupy Wall Street protesters are getting a whole bunch of new moral and physical support support starting today, as all kinds of big unions and professional liberal groups finally start showing up. The AP reports:

The protests on Wall Street, the fabled center of American commerce, are expected to swell with reinforcements as more groups head toward lower Manhattan Wednesday.

Among those planning to join the clamor are the liberal group and community organizations like the Working Families Party and United NY. The growing crowd will also include members of the Chinatown Tenants Union and the Transit Workers Union, signaling that the protest is showing no signs of losing steam. Meanwhile, organizers have called for students at college campuses across the nation to walk out of class in protest at 2 p.m.

This is another good day to go downtown and see what’s happening and flip the bird to the stock exchange or whatever you feel like doing. And if you see another asshole CNN reporter, well, just make your demands simple enough for a brain-damaged cow to understand. [AP]

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  • Barb

    Wow, that must be really good weed they have down there. Hey Phil, from Bricklayers, Masons, and Plasterers' International Union , ya holdin'?

    • spinozasgod

      ya kill me Barb….if weren't a straight chick…….

      • Barb

        Let me know if you ever go vagatarian, I will wait.

    • Tundra Grifter

      Funny, I figured you'd be more interested in the Pipelayers' Union…

    • Barrelhse

      "Hey, Rocky, got the key?"

  • ifthethunderdontgetya

    Now there's two groups of protesters that our National Democrats don't give a shit about.

    • Nothingisamiss

      I'm becoming convinced that there are no groups of protestors that our national dems give a shit about, except fictional teabagger sharia law screamers.

  • Indiepalin

    What's next? Four dead on the Brooklyn Bridge?

    • LesBontemps

      They're all dead on the Brooklyn Bridge, or might as well be.

  • hagajim

    I guess I will be impressed if any Democrat actually has the balls to support this and Bernie and Dennis don't count because they are both pretty much soshulusts.

    • Callyson

      You might have better luck with local polits, as opposed to big headed Washington types:
      L.A. councilmen tour Occupy LA encampment
      An invitation from a speaker at a council meeting prompts four to mingle with those set up outside City Hall for days to demonstrate against economic policies that benefit corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

    • Sophist[Kochblocker]

      I assume Al Franken is also exempt, being a commie Muslim atheist elitist, and therefore not an actual American in any real sense.

      • mookwrthwilson

        And he's also beholden to the lizard people.

      • Nothingisamiss

        But seriously (and it's good to see you, Sophist) where the fuck IS Al Franken?

  • spinozasgod

    what the H – E double toothpicks does this even mean? :

    "fabled center of American commerce"

    this person took one too many creative writing classes.

    • widestanceshakedown

      Or one too few.

    • Lionel[redacted]Esq

      Blame the pot smoke.

    • Tundra Grifter

      The fable is that the game isn't rigged, so everyone has a chance to get rich in America.

    • Geminisunmars

      I think the writer meant "enabled center of American corruption." Read between the lines.

    • Barrelhse

      He must have seen the sign for Aesop Bros.

  • x111e7thst

    Weed is evil and filled with socializms. Real 'Murikkans pound a mixture of Oxy and Meth up their asses on their way to the all you can eat buffet.

    • Lionel[redacted]Esq

      You have been listeing to Limbaugh again, haven't you?

  • Blueb4sunrise

    United Bongo Makers – Local 7

  • NorthStarSpanx

    Yo Tony, Tony Weiner, get your ass out there, I smell a Twitter Redemption!

    • Nothingisamiss

      Yes! And a side benefit would be reporters having to mention where it was they pestered him with pecker questions.

    • OneYieldRegular

      "Twitter Redemption" – that's one for the Urban Dictionary.

  • Goonemeritus

    They are not issuing demands, this movement instead is issuing “goals”. I for one think this is smart it sets the movement up to be a longer term force for goodness and niceness over the global forces of Douchebaggery.

    • axmxz

      The problem with goals is that they are long-term, and it's hard to gauge whether they've been reached. Demands, on the other hand, can be met or not met. "Clean up the environment" – that's a goal, far-off and nebulous. But "put Glass-Steagal back on the books"? That can be a demand.

      • Goonemeritus

        I agree with putting Glass-Steagal back on the books but I would classify that as a tactic. While good it will not and cannot correct for 30 years of gutting regulation not to mention changes brought on by changing technology. A large organized and vocal group can do much more than get one or two laws past. They can inform every decision congress makes for decades.

        • Nothingisamiss

          As we sadly know from the Club for Growth, the John Birch Socirty, the Family Research Council…..

        • MissusBarry

          Wouldn't that require Congress to give a fuck?

          • Geminisunmars

            And that is what we are demanding. And our goal. Yay! Full Circle achieved.

    • spinozasgod

      in order for goals to be understood they must be expressed in 3 word or less catch phrases:
      death panels
      death tax
      class warfare
      job creators
      fair and balanced…..

      • Geminisunmars

        Tax the rich
        Help the poors
        Universal healthcare
        Free sex
        Free sex
        Free sex

        • axmxz

          Bang the bongos!
          Smoke the weed!

  • Callyson

    Are any employees of CNN union workers? Perhaps they can explain the movement in 140 characters or less to the ditzes that report the "news"…

  • CapnFatback

    Good, good. Once the Union of the Snake joins up, the protest will break through the borderline.

    Borderline=Rick Santelli's skull.

    • NorthStarSpanx

      You brought in Duran Duran? I can so relate to this movement now.

      • CapnFatback

        Just you wait. If these protests spread to crooked religious institutions, I will not hesitate to break out a "Church of the Poison Mind"/Culture Club reference.

        B(o)y George, I'll do it.

    • emmelemm

      Swooon… yesterday I was all about the Depeche Mode (Teabagger football thread). Now you've tossed in Duran Duran and I couldn't be happier.

      • Bonzos_Bed_Time

        It's not time for dancing on the sand just yet.

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  • BaldarTFlagass

    I went down to the Alamo, the fabled center of Texas Freedom™, to see what was shaking. Just a couple of food cart vendors. Got me a raspa and a grilled ear of maize. Ended up raising a toast to the protesters in the Menger Bar.

    • Lionel[redacted]Esq

      Sounds awfully Mexican to me. Be careful, they probably won't let you vote now.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Ha! I'm the white guy here, it will be me preventing them from voting, amigo.

    • Steverino247

      Be sure to look in the bathroom of the Alamo for the spot where the Constitution of 1876 was found inscribed on gold tablets.

      • littlebigdaddy

        Did you see PeeWee there?

      • trondant

        The bathroom in the basement, to be more specific.

    • Negropolis

      How ironic that the Alamo now resides in one of the most Mexican American-majority cities in the nation.

  • SudsMcKenzie

    Larger crowds and media presence, Jessie Jackson just cleared his schedule.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    I stopped by Zucotti last night … the cops watching the scene seemed pretty mellow. They'll follow orders, of course (can't afford to lose your job these days), but most of 'em are probably equally pissed at the plutocracy.

    • axmxz

      I bet they are mostly just bored. The kids aren't exactly rioting over there. It can get pretty dull watching people sleep, eat and make signs all day.

      • Barrelhse

        And weave lanyards out of gimp.

    • mumbly_joe

      Meh, according to Arriana Huffingpo's slave-labor web aggregator, they're pretty indifferrent to the kids' cause, because they're too concerned with making their own ends meet, or something.

      Honestly, even though I'm just barely not a Marxist, if you ever wanted the textbook definition of False Consciousness, I think we've found it.

      And, as always, apologies for linking to the HuffingPo.

  • emmelemm

    Mmm…. suppositories.

  • LesBontemps

    Meanwhile, organizers have called for students at college campuses across the nation to walk out of class in protest at 2 p.m.

    If there are any college kids who have actually scheduled a class for 2 pm on a Wednesday, I will be very disappointed in the youth of today.

    • natoslug

      Hopefully it'll be a bit more impressive than the walkout I witnessed yesterday. The poor lone kid with his cardboard "We are the 99%" sign seemed so lonely. And he wasn't too happy with me telling him it was closer to 95%. Kids these days have no appreciation for the wisdom of their elders.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      As I recall, the afternoons were for labs for chemistry, physics, mineralogy etc. Those courses are only taken by foreign students from China and India and other soon-to-be-not-as-third-world-as-our countries nowadays, and I don't imagine those particular students give much of a fuck about this whole thing…

      • LesBontemps

        What I learned in kollidj was to stack classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays so as to keep four consecutive days clear for drinking and dope smoking. And if you did have to schedule a Wednesday lab, do it in the morning to free up the rest of the day for drinking and dope smoking. Time management, people!

        • BaldarTFlagass

          See? See? A true manifestation of the benefits of a higher education!!!

        • Nothingisamiss

          Damn…I thought I was the one with the secret to college success.

  • freakishlywrong

    Love the Union thugs but for fucks sake, can we please leave Code Pink outta this?

  • bureaucrap

    make your demands simple enough for a brain-damaged cow to understand….


    • Nothingisamiss

      Please….Someone in the NY area put this on a sign and hold it high near the CNNt truck!

  • chascates

    Que the right outrage over brutal union thugs and bosses in cahoots with Obama et al.

  • Chichikovovich

    The hard-hat anti-riot! Take that, moldering bones of Nixon – your party finally kicked your old allies in the teeth so often that finally, forty years later, they've realized that you and your people actually hate them and wish them ill. Welcome back, prodigal brothers.

    • sati_demise

      win for historical accuracy.

  • 4TheTurnstiles

    Potential buzzkill when your dad and his ironworker buddies show up at your scene.

    • Barrelhse

      Give them some gimp.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    I still don't see how this is going to cut taxes for the rich.

    • FlownOver

      They might just skip the intermediate step and go straight to "cut the rich."

  • FlownOver

    Let's see the balcony assholes wave their champagne glasses around NOW! They might just wind up with entire toolchests shoved up their kiesters.

    'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.

  • ingloriousbytch

    Pepper spray that, bitches!!

  • fuflans

    class warfare baby!

  • Sharkey

    Hey, lay off the brain-damaged cows. They can at least be used for milk or meat.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Or as Faux News anchorbabes.

  • OneYieldRegular

    CNN has just been terrible on this story. I mean, more terrible than the usual terrible. But really, really terrible (a high tax bracket friend of mine actually sent Occupy Wall St. $$ after watching CNN's terrible reporting).

  • SayItWithWookies

    Has Joe the Plumber shown up yet?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      I don't think he's union.

  • littlebigdaddy

    Neil, we need ya dude!

  • littlebigdaddy

    You know Sarah P. is screeching at the top of her lungs at Trig this very minute. The fact that there is a big political media event that she can't hijack and make about her and use for her personal profit is infuriating. Also.

  • user-of-owls

    I hear there's a counter-protest being set up by the Chinatown Slumlords Union.

  • WeHaveIssues

    Don't just protest the banks and Wall St. Starve them of cash. Oct 15-16 a weekend we take back our money – NO credit card purchases, NO using debit cards. Kill the transaction fee flow of money to Wall St.

  • Barrelhse

    I'm thrilled and encouraged by this movement and it's tendency to grow. Wouldn't it be wonderful if 99% of the country united on this? LOL, but still, this has a better chance of widespread acceptance than did the 60's protests I was involved in. We can expect the right wing and the press to attempt to paint these folks with a Marxist label, yet most people will see that these are not The Great Unwashed going crazy on acid. This is all of society speaking out for justice and hoping it's not too late, while the corporations keep taking and never giving back.
    We're all fed-up with the bullshit. I think this has legs.

  • ttommyunger

    Meanwhile, on Planet "Who Gives a Fuck", Sarah Palin has told the NYT that she has decided not to seek the Presidency at this time. BTW, I still think she will be Perry's pick for VP and that they will announce as a team before the first Primary vote.

    • KenLayIsAlive

      Hhaah. Planet who gives a fuck. If only there were such a place we could send all the Becks, Palins, Hannitys, and the entire cast of Fox and Friends.

      Then we can watch them slowly die from global warming.

      • ttommyunger

        I'm chubbing up at the thought.